After a COVID hiatus last year, the LGBT Life Center’s signature fundraiser, Dining Out For Life, returns on April 29–with a completely new look. For this year’s event, the 18th one in Hampton Roads, the Life Center will give back to participating restaurants.
“Over the past 17 years of DOFL, local restaurants and our donor-diners have raised over $1 MILLION for HIV/AIDS programs at LGBT Life Center,” said CEO Stacie Walls. “This year, COVID has hit the restaurant industry hard, and we recognize this. So we are turning the tables and supporting the restaurants that have supported us. Any restaurant that has ever participated in the prior 17 years of DOFL will be promoted in the event, and we are not asking for donations from them this year.”
The Life Center will ask for a flat registration fee of $250 from participating new restaurants this year instead of the standard donation of 25% of sales from the event. Also, in an effort to support Black-owned businesses, the Center will waive the registration fee for 10 “New to DOFL” Black-owned restaurants.
Restaurants, both new and returning can sign up on the Center’s web site.
Finally, due to COVID restrictions, Dining Out For Life will ask for volunteer virtual ambassadors to promote the event and encourage their friends to dine out and take out on April 29.
Said Walls, “The past year has taken a toll on us LGBT Life Center, but we have persevered and have continued to provide life-saving services during this pandemic. We recognize that the year has been even more brutal on the restaurant industry.”
Dining Out For Life® is a nationwide annual dining fundraising event raising money for community-based organizations serving people living with or impacted by HIV.
Traditionally, restaurants donate a percent of their sales to a local HIV service organization, and the local HIV service organization fills participating restaurants with diners.
Each year, more than 50 local HIV service organizations partner with more than 2,400 participating restaurants, over 4,100 volunteers and 300,000 diners to raise over $4.5 million for people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States and Canada.
All funds raised through a city’s Dining Out For Life event stay in that city to provide help and hope to people living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS.